Stress Management

Kiley George

What is stress?

Dictionary definition: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Examples of teen stress

  • School
  • Sports
  • Issues with other people
  • Appearance
  • Home life
  • Money

Positive Ways to Manage Stress

  • Talking to friends
  • Exercise
  • Work through the situation
  • Accept the situation and the things you cant change
  • Have a set time for fun and relaxation
  • Self motivation
  • Meditate
  • Do things that make you happy
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Get professional help

Negative ways to manage stress

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Eating junk or comfort food
  • Zoning out for hours in front of the TV or computer
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities
  • Using pills or drugs to relax
  • Sleeping too much
  • Procrastinating
  • Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems
  • Taking out your stress on others

Effects of stress

Physical effects

1. Headaches

2. Sleep problems

3. upset stomach

Mental effects

1. Anxiety

2. No motivation

3. Anger

4. Sadness

Behavioral effects

1. Angry outbursts

2. Drug and alcohol abuse

Social withdraw

Statistics

  • 16% of teens say their stress has declined in the past year
  • 31% say their stress has increased over the past year
  • 34% believe their stress will increase in the coming year
  • 42% of teens do not believe they are doing enough to manage their stress
  • 13% say they never set aside time to manage stress

Facts

Teens say:

  • 31% of teens reported feeling overwhelmed
  • 30% reported feeling sad or depressed, as a result of their stress
  • 36% of teens report feeling tired
  • 23% report skipping a meal due to stress